How To Clean a Computer Screen

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Don’t fret computer users.

Are you tired of looking at that fingerprint in the middle of your computer screen?

Cleaning the screen is very easy, and it only takes a few seconds.

Many ignore the simple task of cleaning the screen because they are not sure of the best way to do it.

Allowing a build-up of dirt and grime on your computer screen can spread germs and, in some cases, be harmful to the equipment.

Here are Mrs Clean’s tips for keeping your computer screen fingerprint and germ free.

Types of Computer Screens:

Most computer screens today are the LCD (liquid crystal display) type, which means that they are not glass.

Cleaning methods for an LCD computer screen and an older style monitor will be different. Each will be explained below in more detail.

Before you begin cleaning your screen, be sure you know whether you have an LCD or an older glass monitor.

Below are cleaning methods for both types of screens

LCD Screen:

You don’t have to spend your money on expensive cleaners that are specially formulated for LCD computer screens. Before your computer left the factory, the screen was likely given a good cleaning using plain old rubbing alcohol. You can use alcohol to keep your screen looking great.

Because the LCD screen is fragile, you should never use any type of cloth that could scratch it. These screens scratch easily so using a paper towel is not advisable, nor any type of rough cloth. Instead, choose a clean microfiber cloth.

When wiping the screen, do not use a lot of pressure. Just place a small amount of rubbing alcohol on the cloth and wipe gently. Follow with another gentle swipe from a dry cloth.

To get into the nooks and crannies around the edge of the screen, choose a foam swab rather than a cotton swab.

Glass Monitor:

If you are still using an old glass computer monitor, there is less of a chance that you will scratch the screen, but some precautions should still be taken. Using microfiber cloths rather than paper towels is a good idea.

You can use ordinary glass cleaner on your screen as long as the screen has not been treated with an anti-glare coating. If it has, the glass cleaner could harm the coating. Instead, choose plain water or a cleaner designed for use with anti-glare treated screens.

Cleaning your computer screen only takes a little time and will be worth the effort to be able to maintain a clear view and a healthy work environment.

How Often to Clean:

Most people will not need to clean their screen every single day. The frequency with which you will need to clean depends on several factors such as those listed below.

  • Number of users. The more people who use the computer, the more frequently it should be cleaned.
  • Animals. Are there animals in the room where the computer is kept? If so, it should be cleaned at least every other day.
  • Smoking. If anyone smokes in the room where the computer is kept then the screen should be cleaned each day.
  • Carpet. If there is carpet in the room where the computer is kept then the screen should be cleaned at least every other day.

Even if you are the only user and none of the factors listed above apply, you should still clean your computer screen at least once a week.

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